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EVIE BLACKMAN

Evie Blackman
Bolte Bridge Urban View
2012

Situated in Melbourne’s Docklands, the proposal addresses the identified need for more community focused public infrastructure and the suburb’s poor connectivity to the surrounding city.

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Situated in Melbourne's Docklands, the proposal addresses the identified need for more community focused public infrastructure and the suburb's poor connectivity to the surrounding city. The broader urban scheme proposes a much needed pedestrian and bicycle link between the northern, central and southern banks of the Yarra River. Central to the link, situated dramatically below the looming Bolte Bridge, a public swimming pool complex and urban park are proposed.

The existing former dock control tower forms an axial centre point for the pool complex and surrounding park's programmatic and formal distribution. Metaphorically the control tower acts as a lifeguard tower from which visitors can establish visual connections to adjacent water bodies. The importance of the tower as a celebrated remnant of the site's former use, combined with maritime references deployed in the architectural language of the pool are explicit attempts to bring back Dockland’s lost sense of history.

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Evie Blackman
Site Model
2012

The broader urban scheme proposes a much-needed pedestrian and bicycle link between the northern, central and southern banks of the Yarra River. Central to the link, situated dramatically below the looming Bolte Bridge, a public swimming pool complex and urban park are proposed.

Evie Blackman
Ground Floor Plan
2012

The proposal is organized around the existing former dock control tower that forms an axial centre point for the swimming pool and surrounding park’s programmatic and formal distribution. To the north lies a scoreboard folie that related to the proposed oval, the middle dock is the pool and park complex while the south is a reclaimed shipping shed converted into artist studios and function rooms.

Evie Blackman
Observation Tower Axial Layout
2012

Tying into Australian swimming histories, the tower metaphorically becomes the lifeguard tower from which visitors can establish a visual connection to the adjacent
water bodies.

Evie Blackman
Entry View
2012

The importance of the tower in the project as a celebrated remnant of the site’s former use, combined with maritime references deployed in the architectural language of the pool are explicit attempts to bring back Dockland’s lost sense of history.

Evie Blackman
Building Model
2012

The pool complex itself houses a variety of pools and associated programs that cater for a wide cross section of the population, aiming to create a place that becomes both an everyday facility for the residents of Docklands as well as a memorable destination for inhabitants and visitors of the broader city.

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